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Inquiry into Breastfeeding

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On Thursday 9 August 2007, the Standing Committee on Health and Ageing tabled its report on the inquiry into the health benefits of breastfeeding entitled The Best Start.

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This report is comprised of 190 preliminary pages, 8 chapters and 3 appendices.

The Best Start

Preliminary pages (PDF 110KB)
Contents, Foreword, Committee Membership, Terms of Reference, List of Abbreviations and List of Recommendations

Chapter 1 (PDF 115KB)

Chapter 2 (PDF 266KB)
Breastfeeding in Australia

Chapter 3 (PDF 154KB)
The health and economic benefits of breastfeeding

Chapter 4 (PDF 134KB)
Breastfeeding management

Chapter 5 (PDF 139KB)
Breastfeeding challenges

Chapter 6 (PDF 139KB)
The health system

Chapter 7 (PDF 342KB)
Regional, remote and Indigenous communities

Chapter 8 (PDF 261KB)
The impact of breast milk substitutes

Appendix A (PDF 53KB)

Appendix B (PDF 60KB)

Appendix C (PDF 69KB)
Public hearings and site inspections

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